Phil Robertson: Marry Girls When They’re 15 or 16

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(CNN) — ( — “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson is ruffling feathers again, this time for comments he made years ago about how girls should marry when they’re still teenagers.

“They got to where they’re getting hard to find, mainly because these boys are waiting ’til they get to be about 20 years old before they marry ’em,” Robertson says in a video clip that resurfaced Monday. “Look, you wait ’til they get to be 20 years old, the only picking that’s going to take place is your pocket. You got to marry these girls when they are about 15 or 16. They’ll pick your ducks.”

In the video, Robertson is recounting an anecdote at a speaking engagement. He describes the story as “river rat counseling” he was giving to a “boy” of unknown age and — referring specifically to marrying teenage girls — also advises the crowd to “check with Mom and Dad about that, of course.” Robertson is four years older than his wife, Kay, whom he married when she was 16 years old, according to A&E’s website.

The reality show patriarch was speaking at a Georgia Sportsmen Ministry event when he recounted this advice, according to the video’s description. The clip was originally posted in 2009 by YouTube user wakemakerducks, which is also the name of Robertson’s company. It was posted again to YouTube on Monday.

In the newly resurfaced footage, Robertson also lists other qualities he advised the boy to look for in a future wife.

“Make sure that she can cook a meal. You need to eat some meals that she cooks, check that out. Make sure she carries her Bible. That’ll save you a lot of trouble down the road,” he said.

The resurfaced footage comes on the heels of controversy caused by comments regarding homosexuality that Robertson, 67, made to GQ magazine this month.

“It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus,” Robertson told GQ when opening up about topics he said he couldn’t discuss on the show. “That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”

Robertson went on to explain to the magazine how he thinks that the line between right and wrong has been blurred and that “sin becomes fine.” He then expanded on what, in his opinion, is “sinful.”

“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there,” he said. “Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.”

A&E quickly suspended Robertson from filming future episodes of the hit show after he made those comments. Nine days later, the network reversed its decision.

HLN has reached out to the “Duck Dynasty” family for comment but has yet to hear back.

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    • Barbie

      When he got married 43 years ago it was ok to marry at a young age my husband just turn 18 when we got married in 1971 and have been now for 43 years. Phil was older then miss Kay and her parents felt it was ok to get married at 15. Things were different back then

  • Scherzerfan

    One thing, who cares what that bearded butt-head has to say and Second thing is, wow that's a lot of publicity for that bunch of fur balls (Cousin It wanna be(s)). It's probably a deal between the producer of the show and A&E for ratings…who are they trying to kid.

  • Lovie Howell

    What a pile of white trash he and those of his ilk are!
    He just needs to evaporate into the bourgeois existence he once came from!

  • Joe Canuski

    Well, if he was a Muslim, who marry and have sex with 8 year olds, would anything be done about it???
    Hell No!! So leave the guy and his family alone and focus on real-life issues & problems….don't let the dumbass media control your lives.

  • Betterhave

    I suspect there was an element of humor in those statements he made at that event. Liberals have no sense of humor when it comes to people who are unlike themselves. Meanwhile they find themselves extremely amused over things like Mitt Romney having a bi racial grand child and can entertain themselves for weeks, months even, thinking up new ways to insult the Romneys. All in good fun, of course. Phil and Kay have been married for what will be 50 years, come this spring.Their marriage survived things that have demolished thousands of other marriages while their love and faith of God and each other grew stronger and stronger. They seem to be doing something right. [No political pun intended] If that disturbs some people, oh well, you're free to marry and divorce yourselfs as often as you like. Your kids pay the price, but hey, it's all about you, right ?